Academic Activities

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 1:21 PM

Academic Decathlon
Academic Decathlon is a competition where students compete by taking tests on a given topic/theme in different subject areas (art, music, economics, literature, math, science and social science). They also prepare and give a speech, participate in an interview and do an impromptu speech. Our meetings include using provided study guides to learn about the topic/theme in each subject area, taking tests, preparing and practicing speeches, etc. Students compete for awards (individual and team) and scholarships.

We begin as early as May for the following school year, but students can join anytime up until the first competition in November. Competitions are in November, January, and March. We meet during CIA and students study and prepare on their own time as well.

Participation Requirements: Anyone can participate. Students compete at three levels: Honors (GPA 3.80+), Scholastic (GPA 3.20 - 3.799), and Varsity (GPA up to 3.199). We are always looking for dedicated participants at all levels!

Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books team meets in the LMC during CIA period.  

The Battle of the Books booklist is announced in June each year.  Students can begin reading in June for the upcoming school year.  

The statewide Battle of the Books' program is designed to promote a love of reading among students. It introduces students to a variety of diverse and award-winning books and asks them to remember detailed information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books. 

Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book and takes the form of: In which book does a boy have a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead?

The final Battle team will consist of 4 team members who work together to answer the questions on the final battle. The other members of our team will serve as alternates.  The entire team meets periodically during the first months of the school year and more regularly throughout December-February.  The final Battle will take place during the last full week of February. 

For more information and to access this year's booklist, please click here.

Mock Trial
January and February for competitions. Practice begins in Late October and typically occurs Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

Students are given materials to prepare a defense in a criminal or civil case. Some students act as attorneys while other students are witnesses.

Limitations to participation: Students in athletics or organizations that also compete on Saturdays.

National Honors Society
Students with excellent grades make them eligible for consideration for membership in National Honor Society. To assist the Faculty Council in its consideration of student’s membership, students must complete the attached application on 1-2 pages and return it to Mrs. Ziemann (Room A201) or her mailbox in the office by the due date April 24th at 3:30 P.M.  Failure to respond to all parts of this application and/or to return it on time will disqualify your student from membership this year; however, completion of the form does not guarantee you membership, only consideration for membership by the Faculty Council. The elected membership will be publicized.

Red and Green
The Red and Green is the Berlin High School newspaper. Students in grades 10-12 who are interested in writing for the Red and Green must first take Writing for Publications a 2-trimester class. Students will learn how to conduct research, draft articles, take photographs, sell advertising, and use current technology to layout stories. The Red and Green is published monthly September through May.

Trees For Tomorrow
High Schools: Berlin (10) and West Salem (10) Dates: January (TBD) Cost: $100.00 Includes transportation, meals, lodging, and ski/snowshoe rental Eligibility: Any Berlin High School student 9-12, Student must be Academically and Extracurricular eligible.

Trees for Tomorrow Natural Resource Specialty School has been in operation since 1944. Trees for Tomorrow's mission is to provide the highest quality natural resource education for everyone who participates. The program presents a balanced variety of perspectives on natural resource topics so that participants can develop informed decisions about the wise management of our resources. The program approaches resources management through field experiences and studies in the forest ecosystem focusing on interrelationships among humans, wildlife, plants, water, soil, and air resources. At Trees for Tomorrow, your child will find interesting classes, new friends, and excellent meals and lodging.

Contact Us

Academic Decathlon
Nick Kvam
920-361-2000 ext 1107
nkvam@berlin.k12.wi.us

Battle of the Books
Sarah Gumtow
920-361-2000 ext 1904
sgumtow@berlin.k12.wi.us

Mock Trial
Jen Leahy
920-361-2000 ext 1242
jleahy@berlin.k12.wi.us

Red and Green
Shannon Kuehmichel
920-361-2000 ext 1815
skuehmichel@berlin.k12.wi.us

Trees for Tomorrow
Nick Kvam
920-361-2000 ext 1107
nkvam@berlin.k12.wi.us